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Updated: July 24th, 2012 6:46pm
Report: Wolves dealing Wes Johnson to make room for Andrei Kirilenko?

Report: Wolves dealing Wes Johnson to make room for Andrei Kirilenko?

by Phil Mackey
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Wes Johnson's time with the Minnesota Timberwolves could be running out.

Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday afternoon that the Wolves, New Orleans Hornets and Phoenix Suns were closing in on a three-way trade that would send Wes Johnson and a first-round pick to Phoenix.

In return, the Wolves would receive guard Jerome Dyson, draft picks, and they would reacquire the contract of Brad Miller. These moves would create more cap space for the Wolves, who could be looking to set up another deal in the near future. Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick would both be headed to the Hornets.

Per the report, the Wolves could be clearing room for 31-year-old free agent forward Andrei Kirilenko, who averaged 11.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 blocks for the Utah Jazz two seasons ago. He played in Russia last season. 

Johnson, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2010 draft, has largely been a bust in two seasons with Minnesota, averaging only 7.7 points and 2.9 rebounds while shooting under 40% from the field.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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